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NAPRA created the Gateway for Pharmacists, Canada to assist pharmacists from other nations wishing to be licensed in Canada. In other countries, pharmacy is often practiced differently, and requirements for qualifying for a license also vary. Canada's licensing process may be more complex, costly, and longer than you expect.

This gateway was intended to provide data on the Canadian licensing system and specifications in a manner that is simple to comprehend. It is intended to assist global pharmacy graduates (IPGs) make informed decisions before beginning the process of becoming a registered pharmacist in Canada.

To become a certified pharmacist in Canada, you have to follow many measures.

Stage 1 - Enter the gateway

Canadian Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (PRAs) support the first step in the licensing process by enrolling in the gateway. This profile will allow you to purchase a self-assessment tool and start the licensing process as a candidate. Creating this profile is free; however, there is a fee for self-assessment tools and registration.

This readiness self-assessment is not a component of the official process of obtaining a license in Canada, but is designed to assist you become better educated about the Canadian licensing processes and to ensure that you have precise expectations about the period, expenses, abilities and expertise necessary to become a registered pharmacist in Canada.

For one year from the date of acquisition, you will have access to this self-assessment instrument. The instrument fee, if applicable, is Can$95 + tax. The fee is not refundable

To create your profile: https://ipgportal.pharmacistsgatewaycan ... enrol.aspx

Stage 2 - Academic qualifications and appraisal of your knowledge

Document Evaluation

Your private identity papers, pharmacy degrees, educational transcripts and licensure statements will be assessed by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). Please note: the minimum requirement is a four-year degree in pharmacy.

If your instructional credential and license statements are acceptable, you will be qualified to write to the Pharmacist Evaluating Examination.

Evaluating Examination

This review assesses whether your pharmacy education is similar to that of Canadian pharmacy graduates.

It will test your understanding of the distinct fields of pharmacy that have been learned through Canadian programs.

You must pass the Evaluating Examination to be eligible for the Qualifying Examination (Part I and Part II).

Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination will determine whether your expertise, skills and abilities are appropriate for the safe and effective practice of pharmacy in an "entry level" situation.

Part I is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format and consists of two successive half-day sessions.

Part II of the Qualifying Examination is provided in the OSCE Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

To know more about OSCE assessment watch this video



Stage 3 - Apply to a Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA)

In the province or territory in which you want to operate, you must officially apply to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA). While PRAs have many comparable criteria, there may be differences or distinctive licensing conditions in each jurisdiction.

Although PRAs have many comparable criteria, there may be differences or distinctive licensing conditions in each jurisdiction.
Learn more about each provincial and territorial licensing requirement - http://www.pharmacistsgatewaycanada.ca/ ... ents.shtml

Stage 4 - Structured Practical Training (SPT)

Each Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA) needs applicants to finish a training program in a certified pharmacy.

This guarantees that IPGs have expertise in setting up pharmacy patient care that meets domestic entry-to-practice competency requirements.

Each province has a distinct requirement for the amount of hours of organized practical training that you will need to finish.

Stage 5 - License Registration

This is the last step in the licensing or registration process.

The Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA) will verify that you have effectively finished all the criteria to be licensed.

You will be paid a license fee and you will need to renew your license and pay a fee each year. The annual renewal fee may not be the same as the original registration fee.

Additional Examinations

1.Language Examinations

A pharmacist who has completed a pharmacy degree from a non-Canadian or US educational institution must provide proof of successful completion of an English or French language test.

It will be incredibly essential to be able to talk, comprehend, read and write in English or French and will influence your achievement in the licensing process.

Note: The results are valid only for two years

List of NAPRA approved English Language Examinations

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

2.Bridging Program

To help International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) in meeting Canadian practice norms, pharmacy ' Bridging Programs ' has been created. Signing up for a bridging program can assist enhance your abilities and boost your likelihood of achievement significantly.

Bridging programs offered by two universities,

- University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario

- University of British Columbia in Vancouver

3.Jurisprudence Examination

You must demonstrate your understanding of the federal and provincial drug and pharmacy legislation, regulations and code of ethics for the province you are applying to.

Cost and Time to Licensure

Mandatory

Enroll in Pharmacists' Gateway Canada and receive a National ID number $335 + tax

Successful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Document Evaluation ($665) and Evaluating Examination ($860)

Application to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA) ($200)

Structured Practical Training - Appraisal training ($330) Two-week assessment ($820) (PEBC Certificate of Qualification required)

Jurisprudence examination ($295)

Application for registration as a pharmacist in Saskatchewan ($780)

Practicing pharmacist membership fee ($1275)

Not Mandatory

Readiness for Pharmacy Practice in Canada Self-Assessment Tool $95 CAD + tax

Pharmacy Practice Skills and Knowledge Self-Assessment Tool $145 CAD + tax

English Bridging Programs vary from 16 to 24 weeks in length and cost between $11,100 and $13,500.

Time Required for Canadian Licensing Procedure

This process can take many months and sometimes up to two years or more. It will also depend on whether you pass exams on the first attempt or whether you need additional training.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association estimated that the average length of time to licensure for international pharmacy graduates is approximately 26 months.

Career Opportunities in Canada

To explore the current job opportunities follow this link - https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/jobs/18196/ca

Pharmacist Salary In Canada : The average 2010 wages for Canadian pharmacists range between $30 and $60 per hour. Often, location will influence salary levels.

Working Hours: An average work shift for a pharmacist is 8 hours.

Additional Resources

Pharmacy Jurisprudence Competencies for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada - Link https://napra.ca/sites/default/files/do ... ements.pdf

A Framework for Assessing Canadian Pharmacists Competencies at Entry-to-Practice through Structured Practical Training Programs; link- https://napra.ca/sites/default/files/do ... encies.pdf

Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as Pharmacist in Canada; Link - https://napra.ca/sites/default/files/do ... 014_b2.pdf
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